While focusing mainly on her legal internship at Mallar, Ayesha Mehta also talks about her English teaching experience at Khetwadi, Mumbai to kids from economically backward class.
Read on to know more.
InternFeel (IF): Please tell us something about yourself. Where are you studying currently? What are your hobbies and interests?
Ayesha Mehta (AM): I am a 20 year old, 3rd Law School student. I hail from the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, live in Mumbai and am currently studying at Symbiosis Law School, Pune. I don’t have any hobbies, interests and likes in particular
IF: Tell us something about your internship including stipend, duration and place?
AM: My first internship was at an NGO named Indian Association for Promotion and Child Welfare. It was a walk in internship. It’s at Khetwadi, Mumbai and no stipend was provided. I used to teach English to children in a school.
My second internship was at Mallar Law Associates, Mumbai. I interned for a month at Mallar. I got through Mallar Law Associates on merit. Otherwise, they select only one student for internship and the experience was good in both the internships actually.
They used to make me attend court proceedings and give case reviews. Application is done through sending a mail at Mallarlaw@vsnl.net
A stipened of INR 5,000 was given to me.
IF: How competitive was the selection process? According to you, which qualities have helped you have an edge in the selection process? Also, what were the key things that selectors were looking for?
AM: Getting through the NGO was easy as it was a walk in internship.
However getting through Mallar is very difficult. They receive about more than 20-25 applications for internship every single day.
As for what they look for in their candidate, one should be well versed with the facts of a particular case and should have the knowledge of interpreting it. In short you should have legal knowledge about a particular act the case related to it.
IF: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?
AM: At Mallar, I reviewed several cases based on different aspects of law – Criminal Law, Family Law etc.
At the NGO, I taught English to students from 3rd -5th grade.
IF: What was best part of internship? Things that made you feel nice and brought good memories?
AM: At the NGO, it was the love and happiness I received from teaching young poverty stricken children.
At Mallar, every intern is appreciated for their work and also we got free food and stipend!
IF: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?
AM: Both the internships have helped me develop interpersonal skills, advocacy skills and helped me gain self-confidence.
IF: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?
AM: They should be well versed with legal facts of any case given to them and should have the ability to understand the applicability of any act related to the given case.
We would like to thank Ayesha for the interview and wish her all the best.